hypnosis

noun
hyp·​no·​sis | \ hip-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce hypnosis (audio) \
plural hypnoses\ hip-​ˈnō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce hypnosis (audio) \

Definition of hypnosis

1 : a trancelike state that resembles sleep but is induced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject
2 : any of various conditions that resemble sleep

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Examples of hypnosis in a Sentence

He underwent hypnosis to treat his fear of water. While under hypnosis, she described the horrific accident in detail.
Recent Examples on the Web One recent pilot study even found that hypnosis reduced by half the number of hot flashes in women, plus lessened their severity. Lisa Mulcahy, Good Housekeeping, 2 May 2022 Collapsing and decomposing with each passing instant is the Chinese coronavirus mass hysteria and hypnosis. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 The House bill, as currently written, aims to ban anyone from testifying in a criminal trial about what was said during a hypnosis session. Lauren Mcgaughy, Dallas News, 30 Apr. 2021 There are simple to complex hypnosis techniques that anyone can use. Thomas Bresadola, Rolling Stone, 15 Mar. 2022 The Covid mass hysteria, now downgraded to a hypnosis bewitching neurotics and power freaks, counts among its casualties such virtues as restraint and probity. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 19 Feb. 2022 Meditation apps, mental health providers and therapy techniques such as self-hypnosis can also help. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Mar. 2022 The clearest description of the suspect, the police told reporters at the time, came from a witness under hypnosis. New York Times, 27 Dec. 2021 Clapton echoed the mass hypnosis talking point/rambling during an interview with Dave Spuria of the Real Music Observer YouTube channel last Friday, Jan. 21. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 24 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hypnosis

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hypnosis

New Latin

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7 May 2022

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“Hypnosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypnosis. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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hypnosis

noun
hyp·​no·​sis | \ hip-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce hypnosis (audio) \

Kids Definition of hypnosis

: a state which resembles sleep but is produced by a person who can then make suggestions to which the person in this state can respond

hypnosis

noun
hyp·​no·​sis | \ hip-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce hypnosis (audio) \
plural hypnoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce hypnosis (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypnosis

1 : a trancelike state of altered consciousness that resembles sleep but is induced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject
2 : any of various conditions that resemble sleep

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